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Breed of the Month ~ June 2016 ~ Japanese Chin
Congratulations to Michelle and Rick Sjaardema
 
Small, lively and lovable, this Oriental toy dog has a distinctive expression and a happy, bouncy gait. The entire look of the Japanese Chin, in fact, is nothing short of Oriental aristocracy.


The name of the Japanese Chin may be misleading, as it is widely believed the Chin actually originated in China.

There are many tales that relate the manner in which the Chin was introduced to Japan. For instance, Zen Buddhist instructors may have brought the breed to Japan after 520 A.D., or a Korean prince in 732 A.D. may have carried them to Japan; others say a Chinese ruler gifted two dogs to a Japanese emperor many thousand of years ago.

No matter what the true story is, however, the Japanese Imperial family was very fond of the breed and kept the dogs as lapdogs or for the simple purpose of ornamentation. Some very small Chins were even said to be kept in hanging cages, generally used for birds.

As Portuguese sailors were the first to trade with Japan in the 1500s, they may have been instrumental in bringing the dogs to Europe. According to official records, however, the first Chin arrived in 1853, when Commodore Perry presented Queen Victoria with a pair of Chins from his journey to Japan. In following years, traders and merchants brought more Chins to sell them in America and Europe.


The American Kennel Club offically recognized the breed in the late 19th century as the Japanese Spaniel until officially changed to Japanese Chin in 1977.

The earliest imports were bigger than the present day Chins, and were probably crossed with English Toy Spaniels in order to create a smaller breed. The imports of the dogs ended with World War I, but by then the breed had already been accepted.
Although it is modestly popular in the United States, it is in Japan where the Chin has the most fans.



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